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AMBI Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff at the American Massage & Bodywork Institute share the same vision: to enhance the student experience, and to provide the most talented and work-ready therapists in the country. 

We strive to provide an elite education to individuals with a great interest in helping others feel better through the power of meaningful touch.

Scott Deidun
Co-Owner, CEO & President
Scott Deidun, MBA, is a graduate of Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Scott has served in various leadership roles in education, with the majority of that time being spent in massage therapy. In 2013, Scott was presented with an “Excellence in Education” award by Massage Envy for his work with that organization.
Kelley Howard, LMT
Massage Program Director, Instructor
Kelley Howard is a licensed massage therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With 18 years of experience in the field, she was first certified in Maryland where she developed a private practice working alongside other therapists and acupuncturists. Here in Virginia, she took additional courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and medical terminology. She is currently working in a chiropractic clinic and growing a mobile private practice. Her certifications are in myofacial and deep tissue massage, as well as infant massage instruction. Presently she is practicing and working toward certification in Tui Na.
Stasia Kemp, LMT
Financial Aid Director, Instructor
Stasia Kemp, is a State Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since graduating from AKS Massage School, formerly located in Herndon, VA, with honors in 2005, she has worked closely with chiropractors, acupuncturists, and medical doctors to develop wellness plans for clients and treat chronic pain. Specializing in Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release Massage has allowed her to work with clients from all walks of life; from children to the elderly, and from athletes to those forced into a sedentary lifestyle due to chronic disorders.
Phyllis Myers
Campus Coordinator
Phyllis comes to us with 15+ years of extensive customer service experience. Fueled by a passion for hospitality and assisting others, she earned her Associates Degree in Hospitality Management in 2015. Her bright and inviting smile is a glimpse into the family-like culture that our students, instructors, and clients have come to expect with AMBI. Though not a native to Northern Virginia, Phyllis spent the majority of her childhood in NoVA and returned to the area in 2011. Since then, she has enjoyed frequent worldly travels and brings those experiences back to share with us all.
Erin Erb Hughes, MS, PT, LMT and AMBI Graduate
Admissions Coordinator
Erin came to AMBI after serving as a Physical Therapist for over 20 years in multiple clinical settings. Erin is also a personal trainer as well as the author of several continuing education textbooks. Erin brings a wealth of bodywork experience and is an advocate for the bodywork industry, students, and this school. Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, both degrees from Boston University.
Sylvia Harris, LMT
Instructor
Sylvia has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2014. Throughout these past 5 years, she has focused on Prenatal Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and developed a deep passion for Myofascial Release. Her driving force has been helping others with pain relief and being able to positively impact a person’s life so they may live more fully. Asked why she is passionate about massage, “it’s a simple tool, the human hand, that can make a really big change in someone’s life in a really positive manner”. Her goal as an instructor is to impart the knowledge she has gained to date.
John Smith, LMT
Instructor
As a 23 year veteran of massage therapy, I have performed thousands of hours of therapeutic massage, I am a proud graduate of the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA. Personally, every day I strive to make a positive impact in another persons life. Being a massage therapist allows me to do that as a professional by providing safe therapeutic touch, revealing chronic pain, stress and allowing someone to reconnect with their bodies. My work with Red Door Spa over the years has provided me with years of experience as therapist, manager, and educator. My experience and education at NHI gave me a foundation in both Western and Eastern philosophies of massage therapy. This is very much prevalent in my approach to massage today.
Morgana Alexander, LMT
Instructor
Morgana Alexander is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition to 9 years of experience, she is Board certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a member of the American Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). Specializing in deep tissue, sports massage, and injury rehabilitation, Morgana has worked with thousands of clients in spa and clinical settings as well as sporting and corporate events.
Marisa VanDyke, OTR/L, LMT
Instructor
Marisa received a clinical doctorate of occupational therapy from Creighton University and spent years in the medical fitness industry specializing in yoga, balance, strength, and boxing for older adults with a variety of mobility and health conditions. While in school, she developed a passion for manual therapy, and has been in private practice since 2016, offering Myofascial Release in the John F. Barnes method. Self-described 'forever student', Marisa has accrued thousands of hours of continuing education credits in bodywork and movement therapies. She believes there is always more to learn as science keeps evolving.

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